Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

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By (author) Dan Balz

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  • Publisher: Viking Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 381 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 41mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 11 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0670025941
  • ISBN 13: 9780670025947
  • Sales rank: 248,585

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From the bestselling author of "The Battle for America 2008" and longtime "Washington Post" correspondent, an inside view and analysis of the Obama-Romney presidential race Four years ago, a bright young presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a theme of hope and change, and made history. Today, he finds himself in another bitter, divisive presidential race but without the buzzwords. Instead, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the controversial healthcare bill, a decade-long war, and a stagnant economy. Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former corporate tycoon and former governor of Massachusetts, faces his own controversies in the form of vague policies, fluctuating positions, and questions about his business practices in the private sector. Romney's personal fortune and business background seemed at odds with the Republican base until he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea Party darling and fiscal conservative Paul Ryan as his running mate. Using sources deep inside both campaigns and on the campaign trail through primary and battleground states, "Washington Post" correspondent Dan Balz writes with a keen political mind and a seasoned reporter's ear. He traces the highs and lows of the Obama presidency as well as the ruthless Republican primary as both laid the groundwork for one of the most crucial, contentious elections of our time." Collision 2012" puts the race for the White House in context and explores just what the election means for the future of the democratic process and America.

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Dan Balz is the chief correspondent at "The Washington Post" and its former national editor, political editor, White House correspondent, and Southwest correspondent. He is the coauthor of two books, the "New York Times "bestseller "The Battle for America 2008" and "Storming the Gates." He is a regular panelist on PBS's "Washington Week "and MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown."

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"Dan Balz's "Collision 2012" is the best presidential campaign chronicle in many years. It is a great book, in part because it isn't about what happened as much as about how people in the campaigns were thinking. It is unusual in that it gives proper place to the impact of thought on political outcomes. - Peggy Noonan, "Wall Street Journal" "Dan's ability to be a fly on the wall is unparalleled." --Gwen Ifill, PBS "The behind-the-scenes reporting throughout--heck, the Christie chapter alone--makes the book a must-read... It was a fascinating ride, which Balz captures vividly in this most worthy sequel to The Battle for America 2008." -Al Kamen, "The Washington Post" "This is more than a look back at the last presidential race. It is a close look into the campaign. I lived it every day, but I'm already learning a lot from Dan's deep reporting. It will go on my shelf as a Bible of the great 2012 race." -Jeff Zeleny, ABC News "Coming from one of the most respected reporters in politics, Balz's account is perhaps the most highly anticipated of the 2012 campaign retrospective genre." "-Huffington Post" "With a sharp eye for detail, crisp and often evocative prose, an understanding of politics and politicians, and the experience gained over decades as a thoughtful old-school journalist, Balz recreates the rhythms of the grueling presidential year of 2012" "--The Washington Times" "This book is old-fashioned in a good sense.... Specific without being tedious, "Collision 2012" is short on windy analysis and long on attributed quotes and statistics" "--The Washington Post," Howell Raines "Balz's new book, "Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America," is so full of anecdotes and revelations that it is hard to stop. But I will. Because even though I think this is one of the best political books I have ever read, harkening back to the "Making of the President" books inw